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Jackson pleased with results, irked by firing


Mark Jackson defended the job he did as coach of the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday and invited his critics to put their names behind their words.
   Reports surfaced Tuesday afternoon that he would be fired before the Warriors confirmed the news in a release.
   Jackson did not agree that his public religiosity was an issue, contending that the Warriors used it for positive PR.
   The Warriors preferred that Jackson live in the Bay Area, but he maintained his residence near his church in Los Angeles.
   The Warriors reassigned Brian Scalabrine to the D-League on March 25 because of what Jackson called a "difference in philosophies."

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